Motorola DROID Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The camera interface is another area where these two devices are vastly different. The Motorola DROID Ultra is more simplistic with only a few options for HDR, flash mode, tap-to-focus, slow motion, panorama, geo tag, shutter sound and quick capture. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S4 allows for a myriad of options, including 12 shooting modes, 13 visual effect, flash mode, resolution, burst shot, face detection, light metering, ISO, anti-shake, night detection, GPS tag, white balance, exposure, and even voice controls.
The Motorola DROID Ultra is using a new 10MP Clear Pixel sensor, which adds a clear pixel to the standard RGB, which is said to allow up to 75% more light to enter in, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 is equipped with a 13MP RGB sensor.
Our first round of images was captured outside on a sunny day, as this is always a good starting point. When viewing these on a PC, we could clearly make out some differences. First off, images from the DROID Ultra are so bright at times that they look to be overexposed. Not only that, but the colors appear dull and muted, and when zooming-in there is noticeable loss of detail. However, the outside images from the Galaxy S4 produced more realistic and vivid colors. We also noticed there was greater image detail, with images looking sharper, even when zooming-in.
For interior shots, there was less apparent differences, as both did OK as long as there was plenty of light in the room. But with the lighting lowered, there was even more noticeable grain in all of the images. When making use of the flash, the DROID Ultra produces a more green-hue, while the Galaxy S4 has a blue-hue to images.
For video recording, both devices capture at 1080p resolution at 30 frames-per-second. When watching the videos back on a PC, there was a noticeable exposure issues with the DROID Ultra, as the images would continually get brighter and darker, even when not moving the phone around. There also didn’t appear to any sort of continuous auto focus, as even taping the screen didn’t re-focus, but instead would capture a picture. Video from the Galaxy S4 looked marginally better, with more consistent exposure, and tap-to-focus working.
Out of the box, the DROID Ultra and Galaxy S4 are preloaded with the Google Play Music app – meaning, they’re both on the same playing field. As an alternative though, the TouchWiz music player on the Galaxy S4 is another option, as it employs some of the useful Air Gestures to fast-forward and reverse tracks. When listening to music through the rear speakers, the DROID Ultra does not only appear to be louder at the max volume, but also has a more fuller tone with better dynamic range than the Galaxy S4. But when connecting a pair of wired earbuds, or using a Bluetooth headset, music playback from both is nearly identical.
Playing HD video from either device isn’t a problem, with support for MPEG-4, H.264, DivX and Xvid. Videos look great on both 5” Super AMOLED screens, but again due to the higher resolution 1080p display on the Galaxy S4, videos do look sharper and clearer overall.